Holigay Gift Guide 2015: Bring on the Flannel, Hold the Shirts

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2015 Autostraddle Holigays

You are reading Autostraddle, so probably there is a person in your life who can’t be spotted during the cooler months without a flannel shirt rolled up around their elbows. Are you that person? I am that person. I have accumulated enough flannel shirts to wear a different one every day of the week, and I always want more. So I have cut myself off. No more flannel shirts! However, the great news is that more than just shirts are made of flannel! And that’s what this gift guide is all about: all flannel; no shirts. Whether you want a flannel dress, a flannel sleeping bag, or flannel boxers to wear under your flannel dress and then later inside your flannel sleeping bag, it’s all here.


flannel pants collage

Old Navy Flannel Lounge Pants
It’s always important to give a person the opportunity to wear a flannel shirt and flannel pants at the same time. Some mornings I wake up and put on a flannel shirt over flannel pants and go into the kitchen to make coffee, only to find my straight male roommate wearing a flannel shirt over flannel pants, too. These are some of the moments I appreciate him the most.

Old Navy Flannel Boxers // Hanes Assorted Flannel Boxers
I often ask myself why I don’t have flannel boxers. We should probably all have flannel boxers.

Things With Flannel Lining


Woolrich Classic Fit Flannel Lined Pants // Eddie Bauer Flannel Lined Boyfriend Jeans
Maybe you would like to walk around in pants that have a secret, and that secret is that they are lined with flannel.

Element Hemlock 2Tones Jacket
This coat is lined with fuzzy flannel, and also it will probably make you look like a bad ass, thus intimidating the cold away from your bones.



ModCloth Start of Something New Dress
This dress incorporates flannel AND a sweater vest. Sweater. Vest. Okay?

ModCloth Chicago A Go Go Dress
I really like this flannel dress’s simplicity and that it buttons allll the way down. Honestly, it’s almost too close to being a shirt for this list, but I’ll allow it.

Asos River Island Check Shirt Dress
This has a neat tie and probably feels like wearing a bathrobe while looking like a gorgeous dress.

Advanced Loungewear


Premium Flannel Robe
This is not a dress but, in fact, an actual bathrobe to wrap yourself in. Nine print options. 100% flannel.

Big Feet Flannel Pajamas
An honest-to-God flannel onesie.

Minnetonka Flannel Lined Moccasin Slippers // Columbia Packed Out Omni Heat Slipper
My toes have been cold just writing this, as if to remind me that they need some flannel love, too.



Tartan Plaid Flannel Infinity Scarf
I think one of my favorite things about flannel shirts is that their collars keep my neck warm in the winter. Well now I’m here to tell you that you can take that to the next level with a flannel infinity scarf.

American Apparel Flannel Cap
The folks over at American Apparel made you a flannel snap back.

Jackman Buffalo Plaid Bow Tie
Perhaps you would like a flannel bow tie to go with your flannel shirt? Probably my advice would be to just pick one thing to be flannel, but if you can pull off both, I will heartily applaud you.

Red Flannel Clutch
So there is a version of this that is covered in chiffon roses, and apparently a lot of people used it for their weddings and a lot of reviews include accolades like, “the bride loved it!” and, “very classy and pretty for a wedding clutch.” Just an idea, but maybe the flannel would work better with your [wedding] aesthetic.

Flannel things for sleeping on


Pinzon Lightweight Cotton Flannel Sheets // Eddie Bauer Portuguese Flannel Sheet Set
I recently learned that flannel sheets are controversial, but I don’t understand why. THEY MAKE WINTER SO COZY, especially when they’re seasonally patterned.

Sheep Patterned Flannel Sheets
I feel like a lot of people had sheep-patterned flannel sheets when I was a kid, so here are some for your kid or for your own bed if you are feeling nostalgic.

Eureka Cayuga 30 Sleeping Bag
Also, don’t forget you can have a flannel lined sleeping bag. I had one as a kid and definitely sometimes requested to just sleep in it on my bed.

There are so many ways flannel can make the Holigays a softer place for you and your loved ones!

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  1. There’s a black hole opening up on my desk where my computer used to be because Autostraddle just achieved Maximum Lesbian, the singularity

    (Ok how many sciences did I just fuck up with that joke)

    • Let me go tweet Neil DeGrasse Tyson real quick!

      (but also this post and this thread and this comment are the gayest! <3)

  2. The next email in my inbox under this post alert was from Frank & Oak, subject line: Plaid Flannel Favorites.

      • I’m now considering buying flannel sheets. (It’s either that or turn the heat on in my apartment and it’s not THAT cold yet.)

        Maddie, I don’t owe any flannel at all. Will I be disbarred from lesbianism? Or does going to queer yoga give me my dyke points back?

        • NO FLANNEL?? I think you have to come to queer yoga at least twice more to get all your dyke points back.

          JK YDY <3 <3

    • I had the same thoughts. But then I remembered that my fb feed was filling up with posts about “controversial” red cups at starbucks. And I concluded that probably anything that exists in our physical universe could conceivably become controversial.

  3. Arg! I can’t find the purple plaid flannel sheets! This is the silliest problem I have ever had, but the problem is so fucking real.

  4. I only came out 8 months ago, and already the amount of flannel I own has increased 5-fold. And I still want more.

  5. Man, this sucks. I live in Houston, so not only do I not need to invest in flannel, but my hatred for most of my fellow Houstonians burns with the intensity of a thousand suns.

    That tartan infinity scarf is cute, though.

  6. Target is selling flannel sheets that are patterned with rainbows and unicorns. They’re online in the kids section but sized up to a queen bed so get on that y’all!

  7. I bought a men’s full length flannel robe last year and it was the BEST CALL. Now I think I might need those sheets with the tiny sheeps. And Target has Nick & Nora pajamas again, which I heartily recommend. I think I’m going to get the ones with Christmas trees, because I’m a grownup.

  8. Those flannel feetsie pajamas are just perfect, and I feel that if my workplace truly supported me I would be permitted to wear them for casual Friday.

  9. When I made my recent move to Seattle, my mom sent me owl patterned flannel sheets as a house warming. They are so cozy and cute it’s ridiculous!

  10. Ok so I know I’m a walking stereotype but it’s like you can read my mind. On Sunday my missus and I were out shopping and talking about Christmas gifts and I said “basically anything plaid flannel is good…not just shirts…Anything”
    Autostraddle gets me.

  11. “Maybe you would like to walk around in pants that have a secret, and that secret is that they are lined with flannel.”

    Possibly the best sentence I have ever read. Many smiles.

  12. I don’t really wear flannel. It’s not in my lazy glam aesthetic. But I am sold on flannel sheets. SO WARM. I don’t even need a comforter most nights. Everyone needs flannel sheets. It’s like sleeping on a bed of hugs.

  13. But how? HOW do you keep flannel from pilling?! I have a little sweater shaver thingy, but if I’m to pull off flannel sheets, flannel shirts, flannel boxers and flannel dresses, how do I keep it soft and not covered in annoying tiny balls of fuzz?

  14. Flannel lined jeans! I wore flannel lined jeans freshman year of college and was bullied tremendously over them by all my new friends, but I have no regrets.

    • I’m femme and there’s plenty here for me, both in this specific post and the site as a whole. There’s multiple dresses, a clutch, and an infinity scarf in this guide which all lean femme, plus things like pajama pants, sleeping bags, slippers, and sheets that are suitable for people of all gender presentations. If you just don’t like fannel, then consider simply ignoring the tiny percentage of Autostraddle articles that are flannel focused.

  15. my mom bought me the flannel lined jeans for hannukah last year.

    I don’t really know what I’m trying to say, except you’re great this is great more flannel always.

  16. I am really not that person, but by the 15th iteration of the word “flannel” I started thinking “yeah, loungey flannel pajama pants sound kind of good! mmm, warm cozy flannel sheets! red flannel petticoats!” And then the word “flannel” just started sounding/looking really weird in my head.
    Not loving the shirt-dresses (especially with those chest-pocket flaps), but the right kind of plaid flannel dress could be really great in an Angela Chase kind of way.

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